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It was clear from the start, since the inception of the company, the co-founders saw the situation of the payments industry and knew exactly what it needed to do. A continuous work in progress, since over a decade ago, Clear2Pay has brought improved solutions to the forefront of the industry with its trailblazing innovations that others could only aspire to.

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17 June 2014

Shuttle Computer Group and ScholarChip have teamed up to create a solution designed to keep track of student and staff school attendance efficiently and cost effectively. The Safety and Operations System incorporates X50 all-in-one computer with the latter's software and accessories in a portable kiosk that is designed to be multi-purpose and placed where needed, capturing attendance at a rate over 40 students per minute. The kiosk includes two screens which display student photos as their contactless NFC ID card is waived near the card readers. A printer is attached to the kiosk to create temporary IDs and late passes. When connected to a network, attendance is monitored in real time, giving administrators vital security information as well as accurate student counts used in state funding. "We find our partner's computers to be highly integrated and fully compatible with our hardware and software. With their devices, we experience full API Support, huge value, rapid turn-around, and deployment of hardware and integrated card readers. Their expertise and customer service continues to exceed our expectations," said Dr. Maged Atiya, CTO, ScholarChip. "With their assistance, we now offer schools an integrated school attendance kiosk, allowing students to register their demographics, attendance, and location with the tap of their smart ID. This is the first instance of a high volume, industrial strength, NFC touch screen PC."

17 June 2014

CorFire confirmed AT&T’s recent announcement of its selection to provide SP TSM and supporting mobile applications for NFC services to be marketed through NFC Connect. These services will enhance the NFC offer by enabling non-payment related NFC services, such as Access Control, independent of payment applications executed through NFC SIM cards. In addition, the company also confirmed they are providing the technology for the Commerce Connect mobile marketing programme. AT&T recently announced they are participating in a pilot programme with CorFire and Blackboard, which provides contactless student card systems to colleges and universities. The three companies are currently evaluating m-NFC access at Tulane University in New Orleans and Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

16 June 2014

MNOs could make huge savings by drastically reducing the resources needed for stocking SIMs, whether at their head office, distribution centre or in stores. This is made possible by G&D's triple SIM card and market-leading subscription management software solution: wireless operators can now stock a single SIM card instead of the many different SIM cards they currently have to. The triple SIM brings together all SIM form factors for different devices on a single card, while the subscription management solution takes care of selecting the correct profile on the SIM chip. This profile determines whether the card is a prepaid or contract card. The triple SIM combines all form factors, from ID-1 (credit card format) to the classic plug-in format (2FF), through to the micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF). In practice, this means that the same SIM card can be used in many different devices. The nano-SIM is slightly thinner than the rest of the card body, thereby meeting ETSI standards. MNOs now only need to stock one physical SIM card variant instead of multiple. The end customer benefits from not having to find out what type of card is needed for their device. Furthermore, if a customer changes their device, the SIM can be adapted to the correct form factor.

13 June 2014

SunTrust Banks is now offering EMV chip technology in all new consumer, business and commercial credit cards as an additional layer of protection for client information. The embedded microchips provide stronger transaction security features not previously possible on cards with only the traditional magstripe. It has started issuing chip cards for new card accounts and for existing cards as they expire. "Protecting our clients' information is a responsibility we take very seriously," said Beverly Ladley, SunTrust's Client Segments and Solutions Executive. "Adding chip technology makes an already secure card even safer and provides our clients with an extra level of protection." At merchants with chip-enabled terminals, its clients will insert their chip card into the terminal instead of swiping it and, then simply follow any additional prompts on the screen. In some cases, the terminal will require a personal identification number, or PIN, to authenticate the user and help protect the account holder from identity theft. Card holders will select their own PIN as part of activating any new chip card.

12 June 2014

In addition to already existent PKI components (Document Signer, CSCA, CVCA, DSCA, DVCA), the company launches next generation PKI solutions that provides stringent e-Document verification at border control ensuring excellent security for arriving and departing people. Software products which are added to the MultiPerso PKI portfolio include National Public Key Directory (nPKD), Single Point of Contact (SPOC), and Terminal Control Centre (TCC). Developed on the MultiPerso platform, new products meet the latest security requirements and the strictest international guidelines for document checking at border control. Products simplify the connection between different electronic authorities and various devices providing efficient online communication to carry out key certificates. “We are a provider of secure turnkey solutions for e-ID documents that constantly evolves and makes efforts to develop the most secure and functional solutions available on the market,” said Sergey Yeliseyev, X INFOTECH Member of the Board. “We are future focusing company that goes with the times with the latest technologies, striving to broaden the variety of offered solutions each day thus adapting to evolving business needs or security guidelines.”

12 June 2014

Proxama has partnered with PrePay, to provide m-Contactless payment solutions to the latter's customer base. This will be enabled via their mobile device, leveraging HCE. This is an exciting, large scale opportunity for the two companies to combine their individual expertise and capabilities to leverage the huge growth potential of prepaid in m-Payments. With the advent of HCE, many of the financial and operational barriers for m-Contactless payments have been removed. Neil Garner, CEO & Founder, Proxama comments, “We have seen a lot of changes in the payments industry in recent years with the development of contactless cards and now m-Payments, bolstered most recently by the news of NFC patents being granted by Apple in January and May this year. By combining our technologies and platforms, both companies are delivering a genuine end-to-end service. Adding the very best prepaid services can offer to our own solutions, creates a unique offering that provides our customers and financial organisations with the best possible experience. This collaboration marks an important step forward for mobile engagement and will certainly help drive m-Contactless payments uptake.”

12 June 2014

Rosslare has released its new family of Open to Secure (O2S) smart card readers. These readers support reading from and writing to the secure memory of the world’s most accepted RFID technologies – MiFare DESFire EV1, MiFare Plus, and MiFare Classic. The O2S family of readers are highly flexible smart card readers that redefine ease of use and high security in the world of RFID access control solutions. With DESFire EV1 and Plus credentials, customers have access to the highest levels of cryptographic security with support for 128-Bit AES encrypted communications between reader and credential. With O2S pre-programmed readers and credentials, you can have the highest level of secure access control solutions right out of the box. "We are very excited about the launch of our O2S smart card readers," said Rosslare Director of EU Sales, Don Weintraub. "Global markets are moving towards higher security solutions, and with our O2S readers we continue to be at the fore of card reading technology."

12 June 2014

HID Global has made new senior appointments in the APAC region to drive profitability and growth. Lee Wei Jin has been appointed the new Head of Secure Issuance for APAC, and Jordan Cullis has been promoted to the Head of Identity Assurance, APAC. “The new roles will work closely together to streamline our brand and continue to grow our business in the region,” said Simon Siew, MD of APAC. “Wei Jin and Jordan bring deep expertise on Genuine HID products and solutions, as well as a wealth of industry experience to their new positions. We are excited and confident that we have a unified and extremely talented management team to take the business forward in APAC.” Leading the secure issuance business in the region, Wei Jin will partner with the Global Product Marketing team to define strategic planning for Secure Issuance across APAC. Jordan will lead the team of sales managers as the new Head of Identity Assurance in the APAC region, where his primary focus is to spearhead the company’s continued growth in the market.

12 June 2014

KEOLABS has opened its new facilities in the Inovallée – a technology and research centre in the Grenoble metropolitan area. The extension of the facilities and headquarters that have been located on the current site in Montbonnot since 2003, will support the companies’ growth with increases in its R&D and production capabilities. With the introduction of solutions for testing NFC and EMV standards compliance, the expansion of its R&D and production capabilities are key to meeting growing demand from clients and partners in the mobile communication and payment sectors. The extension of the Montbonnot site doubles the size of its development laboratories and production line from 350m² to 700m². “With the merger, we became the only supplier in our sector with an end-to-end offer that included smart card testing platforms, validation software and conformance certification services from a single source. The Montbonnot facilities are where we conceive, develop and produce the testing platforms that are the foundations of this offer. Evolving and ensuring the reliability of our testing platforms is essential to the value that we offer our clients and partners,” explained Michael Leplatois, President of KEOLABS.

12 June 2014

NBS Technologies announced the appointment of Krishna Prakash to the role of Country Head of Sales for India. Krishna comes to NBS with a wealth of card industry knowledge. He has built a solid track record in his previous sales and marketing positions and brings experience and understanding of the Indian card market. He has been an important part of the rapid success of his past organisations. He will be based out of Bangalore, India.